Born in Scotland, CoE. Enlisted 19 July 1915 age 35, clerk. Nok mother, Margaret Baird of Napoleon St, Cottesloe. Embarked at Melbourne 22 December 1914 per A40 Ceramic. John was killed in action in Belgium on 1 December 1917 and is buried at Messines Ridge (now Messen) British Cemetery, Belgium 12 kilometres from Ypres, Plot 1 Row B Grave 56. Service medals: 1914-15 Star, BWM, and VM.